by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
TELEVISION - From Deadline: CBS' new drama series, "Fire Country," debuted Fri., Oct. 7th and had the highest debut of any series of the new 2022-23 television season.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: For the first time, all three big exhibitors (movie theater chains) are on board with releasing a major Netflix title, Rian Johnson's "Knives Out" sequel, "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery." The movie will hit theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving, and will begin streaming on Netflix on Dec. 23rd.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Rust Movie Productions LLC and its "Rust" star and producer, Alec Baldwin, have reached a settlement with the estate of slain cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, who died on the set of the Western film due to the discharge of a firearm. As part of the peace, her husband, Matthew Hutchins, will executive produce Rust, which will return to production in January 2023 with the original cast.
MOVIE - From Deadline: Actress Taissa Farmiga will return as "Sister Irene" in "The Nun 2," the sequel to 2018's "The Nun." The new film is due Sept 2023.
JAMES BOND - From Fatherly: The next James Bond actor will not be in his twenties when he starts the series.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 9/30 to 10/2/2022 weekend box office is Paramount Pictures' "Smile" with an estimated take of 22 million dollars.
CELEBRITY - From TeenVogue: Actress and businesswoman, Keke Palmer, is starting her own digital television network, "Key TV," which hopes to spotlight "a new generation of creators."
TELEVISION - From Variety: Trevor Noah has reportedly announced that he is stepping down as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." No date for his exit has been announced.
From Deadline: Comedian and actress, Judy Tenuta, has died at the age of 72, Thursday, October 6, 2022. Known to her fans as the "Love Goddess," Tenuta appeared on numerous television shows, including several cable comedy specials, game shows, and documentaries. Tenuta was known for her unconventional and brash stage act and also as a voice performer on several animated TV series, including "Duckman" and "Cow and Chicken." She was also a two-time nominee in the category, "Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album."
From RollingStone: Singer-songwriter and country music icon, Loretta Lynn, has died at the age of 90, Tuesday, October 4, 2022. A three-time Grammy Award winner, Lynn was a pioneering woman in country music for women empowerment with songs like "Fist City" (1968) and "The Pill" (1975). Her 1970 hit, "Coal Miner's Daughter" (from the album of the same name) was her signature song and became the title of the 1980 Oscar-winning biographical film about her life.
From Variety: Native American civil rights activist and actress, Sacheen Littlefeather, has died at the age of 75, Sunday, October 2, 2022. Littlefeather had been suffering from breast cancer. She was best known for her appearance at the 1973 / 45th Academy Awards where she declined Marlon Brando’s "Best Actor" Oscar for “The Godfather” (1972) on his behalf. In June (2022), the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences apologized to Littlefeather for her treatment at the Oscars that night, and she attended an in-person presentation ("An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather") of the apology at the Academy Museum on Sept. 17.
From Reuters: Russia says that it is ready to talk prisoner swamp for Brittney Griner and U.S. Marine veteran Paul Whelan, but also scolds the U.S. Embassy.
From TheDailyBeast: Legendary NBA bad boy and champion (Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls), Dennis Rodman claims that he has been given permission to go to Russia and help free imprisoned hostage, WNBA star, Brittney Griner.
From Vox: Vox's Jonathan Guyer talks the Brittney Griner case with Danielle Gilbert, a Dartmouth professor who is writing a book about states and rogue actors that take hostages.
From ESPN: A Russian court sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison Thursday, Aug. 4th. Griner was arrested Feb. 17 for bringing cannabis into the country and pleaded guilty July 7, though the case continued under Russian law.
From ESPN: The Biden administration has offered a deal to Russia aimed at bringing home WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday.
From RSN: "Will Support From LeBron James, Joe Rogan, Kim Kardashian, and Other Celebrities Help Free Brittney Griner From a Russian Prison?" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar via Substack
From ESPN: Detained WNBA star Brittney Griner pleaded guilty on Thursday to bringing hashish oil into Russia, telling a judge that she had done so "inadvertently" while asking the court for mercy.
From CBSSports: The Brittney Griner situation explained.
From RSN: According to The Washington Post Editorial Board: "Brittney Griner is a hostage, plain and simple."